Contesting A Speeding Ticket
Sooner or later, just about everyone likes to drive a little faster than they should. If you got caught standing on the loud pedal, we can help. Call today to speak with an experience speeding ticket attorney. Our attorneys are in court fighting speeding tickets and other traffic matters every day. We get great results for our clients about 98 percent of the time because the experienced traffic attorneys and former prosecutors in our office know every possible way to beat your ticket.
Let’s take a look at the most common ways cops determine speed:
Radar. A radar speed gun (also radar gun and speed gun) is a device used to measure the speed of moving objects. It is used in law enforcement to measure the speed of moving vehicles and is often used in professional spectator sports for things such as the measurement of bowling speeds in cricket and the speed of pitched baseballs, athletes and tennis serves. A radar speed gun is a Doppler radar unit that may be hand-held, vehicle-mounted or static. It measures the speed of the objects at which it is pointed by detecting a change in frequency of the returned radar signal caused by the Doppler Effect, whereby the frequency of the returned signal is increased in proportion to the object’s speed of approach if the object is approaching, and lowered if the object is receding. Such devices are frequently used for speed limit enforcement, although more modern LIDAR Speed Guns, which use pulsed laser light instead of radar, began to replace radar guns during the first decade of the 21st century, because of limitations associated with small radar systems. (~ Wikipedia) Radar units need to be tested by one of two state experts at least every two years. If the unit is accurate, then the experts need to write up a certification of accuracy. The experts also need to prepare a 6.6 document, which lays out their background as experts and certifies that the speed measuring devices used in Washington are approved for use here. There are pretty strict requirements about what needs to be in each of these documents. Fortunately for the faster drivers among us, these documents are frequently deficient, which our speeding attorneys can then use to beat the ticket. TIP: Never admit to a cop that you were exceeding the speed limit. You almost guarantee losing your case if you make admissions. That being said, we routinely beat tickets even when the driver admitted to speeding.
LiDAR. A LiDAR speed gun is a device used by the police to detect the speed of a vehicle. Unlike radar speed guns, which rely on Doppler Shift to measure the speed of a vehicle, these devices allow a police officer to measure the speed of an individual vehicle within a stream of traffic. LiDAR shoots pulses of light at specific times and then records how quickly those pulses bounce back off of the target vehicle. The LiDAR then calculates the target vehicle’s speed. The LiDAR’s narrow beam allows officers to target specific vehicles in traffic at very long distances. Like radar, LiDAR needs to be routinely tested by experts, and those tests need to be documented.
Pace. Law enforcement officers can use their vehicles to determine a target vehicle’s speed by pacing it for an appropriate distance. The officer should follow the vehicle at a consistent distance and consistent speed and check his speedometer to determine how fast both vehicles are travelling. Of course, the speedometer in the patrol vehicle needs to be properly tested and certified by experts. Pace tickets are often very, very easy to beat because of mistakes made by the officer or the expert.
Aircraft. Have you ever been driving down the highway and noticed sets of white lines painted across the road? If so, you just entered or exited a speed trap. Those lines are laid down at a very precise distance so that law enforcement aircraft pilots can accurately time how quickly cars get from one set of lines to the next, and then to the set thereafter. The pilot uses two stop watches to time each leg and then calculates the driver’s speed. If the driver is speeding, the pilot will notify an officer on the ground with the speeding driver’s vehicle description and locations. The ground officer then stops and tickets the driver. Luckily for the driver, there are usually fatal problems with the paperwork prepared by the officers, and these tickets are also relatively easy to beat.
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